Bug In The Woods

Bug In The Woods

I paint a lot of large landscapes. ‘Bug in the woods’ point of view. I will add a picture to the end of the list of paintings to show you what I mean). In the last few weeks, however, I have zoomed out. More like- me standing on a hill with view in front of me. Also, a lot smaller. I will go back to the big zoom but for now….
Which style do you like better?
Email be back and let me know!!


“Across The Bay”_16x20


“Coastal Rocks”_5x7


“Descending Sun”_9x12


“Through The Woods”_30x40_ Bug In The Woods

If you are interested in any of these paintings let me know. They may be in my studio or in a gallery. I will give you all the details you need!

Mood And Mystery – November 5-28

Mood And Mystery – November 5-28

A memorial of mood and mystery from the last seasons reflection and discovery.
Step into my world. Waterworks Gallery. November 5-28th. Reception Nov 5th 4-7pm.

Island’s west side and a mid-summer sunset late in the day. Gold light against Madrone. Colors of turquois, blue and green. All the shades of red. Background chatter of campers and sightseers.  Smells of bonfires and barbeques. Festive and warm. People on holiday. Happy summers eve.

Sun shining through cedar as it reflects off water.  Last time I get to see this day. The sun is gliding away. I am meditative and mesmerized by the glitter on the water. All the colors bouncing with glimmer.  I am glad to be alone. Just me and all the sparkles.

Fall drifts in and mist rises in a thin veil as if illuminating an alternate world.Distant hills shrouded with mystery. Contemplative and moody. The light is not quite as bright and the dark more of a gray. Subtle and sweet. Soft and comforting.

In my studio I recall shapes, colors, lines and form. I remember smells and sounds, memorialize the place with paint. I begin with thin layers of oily warm transparent hues, mutating into thick painterly brush marks. Each layer stamps the recollection of that days’ time in the woods, the pieces unfold in a contemplative divinatory manner.

The finished piece is a mosaic of light, weaving and interlacing patterns and color.  Like stained glass, they represent the mystery beneath the surface, the layer woven between worlds. I paint this island as sanctuary.  A woodland temple and shelter from the storm.

Mist -30×48 – oil on canvas

Peek Into My Studio

Peek Into My Studio

People sometimes like to see my studio and how I work. So here is a peek. I posted this on instagram and someone said I wasn’t neat. I have to laugh at that one. She is right!!! Anyway, if you zoom in, you can see the brands I use and some of the colors.

And just so you know. I would be happy to give you a tour of my studio. It would encourage me to clean up a little and that is a good thing.  I have a show at WaterWorks Gallery coming up in November with several new paintings. I am very excited to show them to you.

If you see a painting you like, just email me and I will give you details.

Have a wonderful day











I Am A Glitter Painter

I Am A Glitter Painter

As the sun glides towards the horizon, it filters through the giant fir trees and glitters as it hits the water.
And so…this week – I am a glitter painter!
And – also – my trees are holding hands. I just noticed!
What can I say?
It is just awesome!!

“Glitter” 48″x36″ oil on canvas

“Wild Place” 6″x8″ oil on canvas


Island As Sanctuary – Art Show

Island As Sanctuary – Art Show

Over the past several months, while socially distancing and in silence with self,  “Island as Sanctuary” has emerged. I want to share these paintings with you. This show  represents solitary time in the woods, on the beaches and in the studio. All the while, expressing an admiration and love of this island.

“Blue” oil on canvas 36″x48″

Cathedral trees and wild places.  A woodland temple, and shelter from the storm. Each piece is a mosaic of light, weaving and interlacing patterns and color. Lyrical, expressive brushstrokes and bold luminous color.

September 1-15 2020
Reception Friday, September 4th 4-7pm
Friday Harbor Atelier 313 Spring Street, Friday Harbor WA
In collaboration with WaterWorks Gallery

“Redwoods” oil on canvas 48″x48″

oil on canvas 60″x48″

“Cathedral VII” oil on canvas 60″x48″

If you are interested in purchasing any of these paintings please email me at teresa@teresasmith.com.

Artist Biography


Whats New?

Whats New?

I’ll tell you what is new.
A shiny thing came out in the sky this week.
I thought I forgot to turn my lights off.
Has the rain stopped for a minute?

Something that comes to mind these days as I paint, is the connection of things underground. Roots, mycorrhizae, symbiotic relationship and the communication of trees. My initial drippy underpainting, as I start each piece, implies the network as already there.  It also informs the final work.  All I have to do is follow the lead. Easy.

contemporary oil painting

“Root” 30×40 inches oil on canvas

Some big things are happening.
I am taking some paintings to Pendulum Gallery in Vancouver BC this weekend.
The show runs February  17- 28th.
I will have a couple of large paintings in Waterworks Gallery in March and several more in April.
Then – ta da – Art Vancouver April 16-19. Let me know if you want to go. I have some coupon codes for the tickets.
Oh, and I am doing a couple of terrifying things. Walking down the runway in front of a crowd of people with a painting. Then giving a talk on a stage. Me on a stage. These are things my introvert self is not at all interested in. Yikes!
But…make the most of it, eh.

Oh, and my website will soon have a different face. That is why my new paintings are not showing up currently. Stay tuned for that!!

contemporary oil painting

“Rain” oil on canvas 30×40 inches

contemporary oil painting

“Sunday” 36×48 oil on canvas